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Harnessing the Power of Energy Medicine for Trauma Healing

Updated: May 31

Welcome back to our empowering blog series, "Unlocking the Healing Power of Trauma-Informed Tapping Techniques"! In this fourth installment, we delve into the fascinating world of energy medicine and its profound impact on trauma healing. Join us as we explore the principles of energy medicine, learn techniques to tap into the body’s energy system, and discover how these methods complement traditional therapeutic approaches. We'll also provide practical exercises for you to try at home, empowering you to harness the healing power within.

Energy Medicine & healing
The Power of Energy Healing

Overview of Energy Medicine in Trauma Therapy

Energy medicine, a holistic approach to healing, is based on the premise that the body's energy fields play a crucial role in physical, emotional, and mental well-being. Pioneered by experts such as Donna Eden and Dr. Richard Gerber, energy medicine involves techniques that manipulate the body’s energy systems—such as meridians, chakras, and biofields—to promote health and healing. In trauma therapy, energy medicine offers powerful tools to address the energetic imbalances and blockages that often accompany traumatic experiences.

Research in the field of energy psychology, including studies on methods like Thought Field Therapy (TFT) and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), has shown promising results. For example, a 2020 study published in the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease found that EFT significantly reduced symptoms of PTSD in veterans. These findings underscore the potential of energy medicine to transform trauma therapy by restoring balance and promoting resilience.

Techniques for Tapping into the Body's Energy System

Energy medicine offers a variety of techniques to access and balance the body’s energy system. Here are some fundamental methods:

  1. Meridian Tapping (EFT): By tapping on specific acupoints along the body’s meridian lines while focusing on emotional distress, individuals can release energy blockages and promote emotional healing.

  2. Chakra Balancing: This involves techniques such as visualization, sound healing, and Reiki to align and harmonize the body’s chakra system, facilitating emotional and physical well-being.

  3. Biofield Healing: Methods like Healing Touch and Therapeutic Touch work with the body’s electromagnetic field to clear energetic disturbances and promote healing.

  4. Grounding Techniques: These practices involve connecting with the Earth’s energy to stabilize and balance the body’s energy system. Techniques include walking barefoot on natural surfaces, meditative visualization, and using grounding mats.

How Energy Medicine Complements Traditional Therapeutic Approaches

Energy medicine serves as a complementary modality that enhances traditional therapeutic approaches. By addressing the energetic dimension of trauma, energy medicine can deepen the healing process and provide holistic support for clients. Integrating energy techniques with traditional methods such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Internal Family Systems (IFS) and psychodynamic therapy can create a more comprehensive treatment plan.

For example, a therapist might use EFT to help a client reduce anxiety before a CBT session or employ chakra balancing techniques (see Chakra Balancing Meditative Script below) to support emotional regulation during trauma processing in EMDR. By weaving energy medicine into their practice, therapists can offer clients additional tools to navigate their healing journeys.

Practical Exercises for Clients to Try at Home

Empower yourself with these simple yet effective energy medicine exercises that you can practice at home:

The Daily Energy Routine: Developed by Donna Eden, this routine involves a series of exercises designed to balance the body’s energies. It includes techniques like the Cross Crawl, the Wayne Cook Posture, and the Crown Pull.

EFT for Stress Relief: Identify a specific stressor and rate its intensity on a scale of 0 to 10. Tap on the following acupoints while repeating an affirmation like “Even though I feel stressed about [specific issue], I deeply and completely accept myself”:

  • Karate Chop Point

  • Top of the Head

  • Eyebrow

  • Side of the Eye

  • Under the Eye

  • Under the Nose

  • Chin

  • Collarbone

  • Under the Arm; Repeat sequence until you notice a reduction in the intensity of your stress. See previous article for more on EFT tapping.

Grounding Visualization: Find a quiet place to sit or lie down. Close your eyes and take deep, calming breaths. Visualize roots extending from your feet or base of your spine into the Earth, anchoring you to its supportive energy. Imagine any negative or stagnant energy flowing out of your body into the Earth, while healing, grounding energy flows back up into your body.

Chakra Balancing Technique: The Rainbow Meditation Script

Chakra balancing involves aligning and harmonizing the body’s energy centers to promote physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. The Rainbow Meditation is a simple yet powerful technique to balance your chakras by using visualization and focused intention. Find a quiet, comfortable space where you won’t be disturbed, and let’s begin:

  1. Get Comfortable: Sit or lie down in a comfortable position. Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths, allowing your body to relax with each exhale.

  2. Root Chakra (Muladhara): Located at the base of your spine, this chakra is associated with grounding and stability.

    1. Visualize a vibrant red light at the base of your spine.

    2. Imagine this red light growing brighter and more radiant with each breath.

    3. Repeat the affirmation: "I am grounded, safe, and secure."

  3. Sacral Chakra (Svadhisthana): Located just below your navel, this chakra is linked to creativity and emotions.

    1. Visualize an orange light just below your navel.

    2. See this orange light becoming brighter and more vibrant with each breath.

    3. Repeat the affirmation: "I am creative, passionate, and full of joy."

  4. Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura): Located in the stomach area, this chakra is associated with personal power and confidence.

    1. Visualize a yellow light in your solar plexus area.

    2. Imagine this yellow light growing stronger and more luminous with each breath.

    3. Repeat the affirmation: "I am confident, powerful, and in control."

  5. Heart Chakra (Anahata): Located in the center of your chest, this chakra is linked to love and compassion.

    1. Visualize a green light in the center of your chest.

    2. See this green light expanding and radiating with each breath.

    3. Repeat the affirmation: "I am loving, compassionate, and open to love."

  6. Throat Chakra (Vishuddha): Located at the throat, this chakra is associated with communication and self-expression.

    1. Visualize a blue light at your throat.

    2. Imagine this blue light growing clearer and more vibrant with each breath.

    3. Repeat the affirmation: "I am clear, honest, and expressive."

  7. Third Eye Chakra (Ajna): Located between your eyebrows, this chakra is linked to intuition and insight.

    1. Visualize an indigo light between your eyebrows.

    2. See this indigo light becoming more intense and radiant with each breath.

    3. Repeat the affirmation: "I am intuitive, insightful, and wise."

  8. Crown Chakra (Sahasrara): Located at the top of your head, this chakra is associated with spiritual connection and enlightenment.

    1. Visualize a violet light at the top of your head.

    2.   Imagine this violet light expanding and shining with each breath.

    3. Repeat the affirmation: "I am connected, enlightened, and at peace."

  9. Full Body Integration: Now, visualize a white light above your head. See this white light slowly descending, passing through each chakra from the crown to the root, cleansing and balancing each one as it moves through your body. Imagine this light filling your entire being, harmonizing and aligning your energy centers.

  10. Close the Meditation: Take a few more deep breaths, feeling the balance and harmony within your body. When you’re ready, gently open your eyes. Take a moment to notice how you feel, carrying this sense of balance and peace with you throughout your day.

By regularly practicing this chakra balancing technique, you can maintain the flow of energy throughout your body, promoting holistic well-being and aiding in the healing process.

In conclusion, by integrating any of these amazing energy medicine practices into your daily routine, you can cultivate a balanced and resilient energy system, supporting your overall well-being and trauma healing journey. Stay tuned for our next installment, where we'll explore the power of breathing techniques for grounding and regulation. Together, let’s continue to unlock the healing power within and embrace the journey of empowerment and healing.

With love, AGLOW

Stacy Ruse, LPC, RYI, EMDR & IFS Consultant

Stacy Ruse, LPC, is an esteemed Evergreen EMDR Consultant & IFS-Institute Approved Consultant, and founder of Aglow Counseling. Stacy teaches a therapeutic style that is characterized by the art of EMDR & IFS therapies with a transpersonal twist, transcending the conventional boundaries of traditional therapy. Her holistic approach acknowledges the interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit allowing individuals to tap into their innate resilience and ignite their personal transformation journey. As a trauma expert, national and international trainer, and clinical consultant, Stacy's approach is deeply rooted in trauma-informed methodologies.


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